Washington International Law Journal


Shudan Zhu


Shudan Zhu translated this report.


Beginning in 2008, the Supreme People’s Court of China started publishing the Annual Report on Intellectual Property Cases each April. By summarizing and reviewing intellectual property cases recently decided, the annual reports cover legal issues of general guidance that are selected to reflect adjudication standards and methods, as well as legal policies endorsed by the Supreme People’s Court. This translation includes all 34 cases and 37 legal issues as set forth in the 2012 Annual Report, touching on patent law, trademark law, copyright law, competition law, and litigation procedure. Although China is not a common law country, these cases still provide the lower courts with important guidance when deciding similar cases.

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